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Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Big Easy, The Big Tuna & The Big Mystery that is the 2012 Red Sox...


Not to get all emotional on ya, but this really is a beautiful time of year. Baseball is officially underway, all be it half a world away. The Final Four is upon us, featuring an unprecedented and refreshingly chalky group of premiere programs and elite coaches. And it's taking place in New Orleans, a city that's quickly become my favorite venue for neutral site throw downs. And finally, there's NFL free agency, NBA draft declarations, and Tiger Woods rounding into form right before Augusta. Like i said, it's just a beautiful time...

And if you're not of that opinion, may I suggest you hum the Masters theme song in your head while you read on, and pretend that your inner voice is that of legendary mouthpiece, Jim Nantz. Then I'm fairly certain that you too will come to the same conclusion. If not, just look outside and be thankful that it's March and not only isn't there isn't any snow on the ground right now, but there hasn't been any snow on the ground for the majority of the Winter (thank you again, Al Gore). If that still doesn't have you thinking good Spring thoughts, then you're probably just a miserable person, and there's nothing I can do for ya. But by all means, continue reading anyway. I don't discriminate. Unless of course you're parading around as a fake Doctor...

Enjoy...

Oh and I apologize in advance for the snow that I essentially just dared to fall, and will now most certainly and inexplicably be covering the ground within the next 48 hours. Stupid spiteful weather...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

NCAA Tournament Review/Preview: Tu More to New Orleans...


I think I've finally come up with a good analogy for describing the NCAA Tournament. One that I feel is particularly appropriate when describing the opening weekend. Check it out. The NCAA Tournament: It's like a Vegas hooker. It takes your money, brings you on a wild ride, then leaves you half a man and completely questioning your value system. Oh, and there's a good possibility that both could leave you with inexplicable ass pain...

Not bad, right? Yeah, and neither was my attempt at helping you navigate your way through the first two rounds. Naturally, I didn't take nearly enough of my own advice, but that doesn't mean all has already been lost. Let's take a look at what's gone down and what's still to come in what I like to call, the review/preview. It's a 2 birds with 1 stone type of deal, and I even manage to avoid talking about Peyton Manning. You're gonna love it more than Tim Tebow loves Jesus...

Enjoy...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Final Four Preview: In Gus We Trus


Well, friends, it's finally here. The NCAA Tournament, The Big Dance.  Or for those of you that aren't down with the whole "brevity" thing , The 4 Weeks Formerly Known As The Gus Johnson Invitational. Whatever you choose to call it, it's here, and it's time to break it down. And whether your goal is to fill your wallet, or to get a one up on your coworkers, I am here to help. Hopefully more so than Jay Bilas, who as I just read is going with the Top 8 seeds in his Elite 8, the Top 4 in his Final Four, and a title game that features Kentucky beating Syracuse. Sure, that could definitely happen, but as history tells us, it's highly unlikely that those final two rounds of the tournament end up riddled with more chalk than a Harlem playground. The key is finding the holes in the chalk lines, and making those key picks that will put you over the top, even if, for the most part, the chalk prevails...

So, here we go. I present to you a brief breakdown of each region, with the vital info that you'll need to make your bracket the cleanest of the bunch. OR at the very least, I'll put you in a position to look smart before the beautiful and exciting "shit" that is the NCAA Tournament officially hits the fan...

RISE AND FIRE, friends. It's time to start the greatest tournament in sports. And Gus, this one's for you. Time to see if that slipper does indeed still fit...

Enjoy...

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

College Hoops Top 25 (3/6)


So, here we go. We're headlong into the conference tournaments, and rapidly changing perceptions and predictions are reigning supreme. A good end to your regular season, a bad end to your regular season, a good run in your conference tournament. These are things that will make most people forget (present company included) the pros and the cons of the full body of work you put in during the past 4 months. Granted, teams playing their best at this time of year usually have the edge come tourney time, but to write off a season's worth of results solely based on recent play will usually end up putting you in some hot water...

But that's why I'm here. I've soaked it all up, I'll continue to soak it up (including my attendance @ the Big East Tournament semifinals), and I'll make sure you're in a good position to soak up all the cakes after using my knowledge to topple your coworkers, and take all the money from them that they'd otherwise spend buying their "lucky" brand of scratch ticket...

You better start getting your soak on sooner rather than later, though, because this is my last Top 25 of the year. Yep, next week the tournament field will be set, and I'll be breaking that down, trying to pull in my first major tourney pool score since 2006. What? I never said I could win every time. IT's not like I'm in possession of Gray's Sports Almanac, or anything...

Or am I...?

Nah, I'm not. Although Rooch's Pleasure Paradise certainly does have a nice ring to it. Then again, that's what I already call my bed when describing it to the fairer sex, so I might have to continue mulling that one over...

OK, enjoy the Final 25 of the year, folks, and I'll catch you next week for the full field breakdown...